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The ‘production’ of urbansprawl in eastern Germany as a phenomenon of post-socialist transformation

Henning Nuissl, Dieter Rink

Figure 1.
‘Saale Park’, located around 20 km west of the city centre of Leipzig on the territory of a little village of less than 1000 inhabitants, used to be Germany’s biggest out of town retail cluster in the 1990s (and is currently converted into a real shopping mall)
(Photo: City of Leipzig).

The paper examines the causes, features and consequences of the vigorous dynamics of urbansprawl seen in recent years in eastern Germany. Firstly, regarding the theory of urban development, it demonstrates that this case of sprawl displays certain peculiarities—and so cannot be sufficiently understood by drawing on ‘western’ experience. Secondly, concerning the management of urban development, it is particularly striking that urbansprawl in eastern Germany has largely proved to be the product of specific legislative and political conditions. Changes in these conditions ought thus to significantly affect urban development. To help contain urbansprawl in the context under scrutiny, however, these changes need to be geared to the situation of urban stagnation and decline.

Volume 22, Issue 2, April 2005, Pages 123–134

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